Richard Spencer is the president and director of the National Policy Institute and is credited with coining the term “alt-right”.
The movement is a loosely organised far-right group that espouses white nationalism and has shown strong support for US president-elect Donald Trump.
Spencer describes alt-right as “the identity politics for white people in the 21st century”.
Spencer, 38, rose to prominence after a video surfaced of him shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory” at a Washington, DC conference as members of the crowd raised their hands in a Nazi salute.
His National Policy Institute is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting white-nationalist views.
The institute’s mission statement says it aims “to elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights”.
“The institute … will study the consequences of the ongoing influx that non-Western populations pose to our national identity,” it says.
Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey sat down with Spencer in College Station, Texas.
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